* First Responder Initiative
* FEMA Launches NIMS Website
* NIMS Resource Typing for SAR Resources
* FEMA Unveils New ICS Course
* MRA Honor Guard Posts Comprehensive List of SAR Fatalities
* International Commission for Alpine Rescue
* Health Status of World Trade Center Rescue and Recovery Workers
* E-GADS! Computer Software Released
* I-Man Computer Software Updated and Available
* International SAR Advisory Group
* Resources for Safety Officers
* Call for Workshops, NASAR Response 2005
Online version at www.SARNEWS.com 11/28/2004
Subscribe for Free to GPS World
Interested in knowing current developments in GPS technology? Then you can
subscribe to a monthly magazine dedicated to cutting edge developments in
GPS. It can be a bit technical at times, but a free subscription should
attract many in SAR. This month’s articles include tracking hazardous
materials, stolen asset recovery, affects of the ionosphere, and using GPS
to fly remote mini-airplanes with sensors. Many of the articles can also be
Call for Nominations - NASAR SAR Awards
Each year at the NASAR conference, NASAR has paid tribute to some of the world's
finest search and rescue professionals. That tradition will continue at SAR
The NASAR Board of Directors is now accepting applications and nominations
for the awards.
Eligible recipients for the NASAR Awards Program include SAR teams,
government organizations, individuals, and youth. Awards are given for volunteer
service, valor, and professional/technical contributions to the field, among others.
First Responder Initiative
This year the USDA has established a First Responder Initiative, which will
prioritize the funding of at least $100 million to specifically strengthen
the ability of rural communities to respond to local emergencies.
see a list of loans and grants already obligated to first responders.
How to Apply:
All applications are filed with the USDA Rural Development field offices. To
find the nearest USDA Rural Development field office, please visit:
www.rurdev.usda.gov/recd_map.html or contact the Rural Housing Service
National Office at 202-720-4323.
FEMA launches NIMS Website
FEMA has created a centralized web portal to serve as a resource
for emergency managers and first responders on the National
Incident Management System (NIMS). The website offers emergency
managers a complete listing of NIMS requirements, tools and resources,
and general information on the new incident management and maintenance tool. The assessment process, compliance criteria, NIMS-related training, and
implementation timelines are some of the issues that will be
addressed by the website.
NIMS Resource Typing for SAR Resources
Resource typing definitions provide emergency managers with the information
they need to request and receive the resources they require during an emergency
or disaster. Typed definitions for 120 response resources have been
completed. Like the Glossary, the Resource Typing Definitions will be
continuously updated, revised, and expanded.
Scroll to the bottom of the page and you can see the resource typing for SAR
resources which includes; Air Search Team (Fixed-Wing), Airborne
Reconnaissance (Fixed-Wing), Canine SAR team (Avalanche, Disaster, Cadaver,
Water, Wilderness Air, Wilderness Tracking/Trailing), Cave, Collapse, Mine and Tunnel,
Mountain SAR, Radio DF, Swift water, USAR Incident Support, USAR task force, and
Wilderness SAR teams. It remains to be determined who will be responsible for the actual typing of resources.
For additional information contact Jonathan Jenkins at
FEMA Unveils New ICS Course
FEMA’s new online independent study course, Basic Incident Command System
for Federal Disaster Workers, IS-200, is designed to identify incident
command system (ICS) features and principles, describing in more detail
elements such as establishment and transfer of command, management by
objectives, unified command, ICS management functions, organizational
flexibility, unity and chain of command, span of control, incident action
plans, resource management, common terminology and clear text, integrated
communications, and personnel accountability. A disaster scenario threads
throughout the course to describe the common responsibilities associated
with incident assignments from a federal disaster response workforce
perspective. IS-200 is tailored specifically for federal disaster workers
and is not meant to replace Basic Incident Command System, IS-195.
Introduction to the Incident Command System for Federal Disaster Workers,
IS-100, is a prerequisite to IS-200.
MRA Honor Guard Posts Comprehensive List of SAR Fatalities
The MRA Honor Guard continues to update and expand its website. A slide
show is now available online that briefly explains each SAR line of duty deaths.
The page also includes information on requesting the team and how to add information
to the web site.
International Commission For Alpine Rescue
Interested in a wide range of medical and rescue papers, many from an
international perspective? Then a visit to the International Commission for
Alpine Rescue may offer a treasure trove of articles. Major topics include
terrestrial rescue, air rescue, avalanche rescue, and alpine medicine.
Health Status of World Trade Center Rescue and Recovery Workers
The findings in this report indicate that a substantial proportion of
program participants had new-onset and persistent upper and lower airway
symptoms, musculoskeletal symptoms, and gastrointestinal symptoms. In
addition, a substantial proportion of participants had respiratory
abnormalities on spirometry. This preliminary analysis is consistent with
earlier reports from WTC screening programs conducted by FDNY (4,5), which
documented a substantial proportion of respiratory symptoms in emergency
During July 16, 2002--August 6, 2004, the program evaluated 11,768 workers
and volunteers. This report summarizes data analyzed from a subset of 1,138
of the 11,768 participants evaluated at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine
during July 16--December 31, 2002. On the basis of one or more standardized
screening questionnaires, approximately half (51%) of participants met
threshold criteria for a clinical mental health evaluation.
E-GADS! Computer Software Released
E-GADS! (Electronic Ground Search and Rescue Administrative Database
System) version 2.2.5 has been released. A number of bugs related to the
map display have been fixed and minor functionality enhancements have
been added. A companion map data set for the United States has been
released as a separate package.
E-GADS! is an open source (free) php/MySQL based administrative database
system designed to assist volunteer ground search and rescue teams in
managing membership, training and search report information.
IMan Software Available
IMan - (Incident Management tool) has been developed in response to the
rapid changes occurring in Search and Rescue (SAR) in New Zealand during the
last few years. IMan is intended first and foremost as a tool to manage
this information. Each and every piece of information should be logged into
the system. The process of recording this information needs to be
consistent, simple and seamless. If the process of recording and managing
information at Search Base is perceived by the search teams as being tedious
then the teams will raise their filter levels for the clue-related
information they supply.
IMan allows search managers to manage the information efficiently, to focus
on the relevance of the information and the analysis of its significance
rather than the means of recording it.
International SAR Advisory Group
INSARAG is an inter-governmental network under the United Nations umbrella,
which deals with urban search and rescue (USAR) and related disaster
response issues. Its purpose is to provide a platform for information
exchange, to define standards for international USAR assistance and to
develop methodology for international cooperation and coordination in
earthquake response. INSARAG includes earthquake-prone countries as well as
traditional providers of international assistance. The webpage provides
information on membership, a directory of resources, typing teams, etc.
Resources for Safety Officers
Looking for free publications aimed at safety officers? The Texas Worker's
Compensation Commission has a large number of publications and brochures
aimed at important safety issues. Fact sheets to entire training programs
are available for download.
Oakland 2005 NASAR Conference
Interested in sharing your search and rescue expertise with an international audience? NASAR is now accepting proposals for workshops to be conducted at the SAR 2005 event. To download the guidelines click below:
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